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Forum topic by interpim posted 05-14-2010 02:58 AM 1297 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2010 02:58 AM

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I just had my eyes checked again the other day, and I guess I shouldn’t go 5 years between checkups next time LOL… My astigmatism increased a bit, so a new set of glasses are now in order.

Well, I am sure there are a few people here that wear glasses and might help me out deciding my next purchase.

I have in the past used a website that has excellent glasses for very cheap… The last time I ordered I got a set for $23 that lasted over a year before I accidentally stepped on them. I won’t post the site now, but if anyone is interested shoot me a PM and I’ll give the site name. (I don’t want to seem like an advertisement LOL)

My question to all the eyesight deficient LJ’s is are there any other websites out there that you would recommend? My current selection on the site I have used in the past is $85 due to adding the anti-glare coating and the Transition lenses. If I could get this any cheaper I would love to… so, any pointers?

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 05-14-2010 04:14 AM

Costco is an option.

Won’t Uncle Sam get you a pair, through the USN ?

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 05-14-2010 04:22 AM

Yes, I can get 1 free pair a year, but a very limited selection of styles.

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 05-14-2010 04:29 AM

I bought a few pairs at Costco on Morena Boulevard.

If you’re a member, I’d look there.

I’ve HEARD good things about, but … no 1st-hand experience.

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 05-14-2010 04:40 AM

I’ll give an advertisement. Last time I got glasses I went to america’s best, for the 2 for $75 and got 4 pairs for $150 (with eye exam). Got several styles and I’m on my last pair 7 years later.

I’ll be going back soon. I thought it to be a way better deal than costco.

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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#5 posted 05-14-2010 04:41 AM

$85? Go get ‘em, you cheap squid! I paid over $160 for my last pair, and Costco ain’t all that great.

AtomJack, MM2, USN.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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John Gray

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#6 posted 05-14-2010 03:28 PM

FYI – I got the anti-glare coating on my last glasses and have had nothing but trouble with it. First of all the coating scratched off easily so I had it removed by the eye doc’s staff. Now the glasses are the hardest lenses to clean that I’ve ever owned. I own 2 pair of glasses now (one for close up like computer uncoated and the anti-glare ones are bifocals) the uncoated pair can be cleaned with the tail of my T-shirt and but with the coated pair it take two cleaning with a “Professional Lens Cleaner” and a clean paper towel for each lens and they are never “really clean”. I hope this is clear if not PM me, thanks for listening.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#7 posted 05-14-2010 05:28 PM

You must be getting single sight lenses (i.e. not bi-focals). When I buy a pair of progressive bi-focals (the kind without a visible line) I always pay close to $300. Part of the cost is due to my preference for transitions.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 05-14-2010 06:18 PM

Get Lasix surgery if you’re a candidate. Worth the money and you won’t be worrying about glasses.

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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#9 posted 05-14-2010 07:13 PM

You can get a set of transition lense glasses on this site for under $100.00

-- San Diego, CA

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Gene Howe

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#10 posted 05-14-2010 07:30 PM

WOW, guys. How fortuitous!
I just had an exam and will need a new pair of TRI- FOCALS. With the lines. Can’t use the no line thingies.
Will you guys post any sites you use or PM me? PLEASE.
Thanks a lot.

BTW Interpim, my ex sailor son called the USN issued glasses BCs for Birth Control glasses! He had a pair and they were really ugly!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Mary Anne

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#11 posted 05-14-2010 07:39 PM

If you guys know a place to get tri-focals with the lines, at any price, I would love to know where! I’ve had a tough time getting them the last few times I’ve gotten new glasses. I have been wearing tri-focals since I was a kid and I can’t stand the blended lenses.

P.S. I don’t think there is anything wrong (or prohibited) in sharing the URL where you get your glasses.


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#12 posted 05-14-2010 09:13 PM

The site I have gone through is I have purchased 2 sets of glasses through them in the past, and my wife has purchased 2 sets as well. They did send the wrong color on my wife’s order but a quick call to their customer service and they put the correct pair in the mail for her, plus she got to keep the pair that were the wrong color… so in total 5 sets of glasses and all have been great. Although their prices have gone up a bit over the past year.

-- San Diego, CA

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#13 posted 05-14-2010 09:55 PM

Several years ago, I went to several optical places in Chattanooga, TN. Eyeglass World was the cheapest for the line-less bifocals. They were half the price of some of the places. My last pair was through the VA and had a decent choice compared to 4 years ago.
I haven’t gone to any ‘Net places as I’m not real trusting of them.

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#14 posted 05-14-2010 11:22 PM

hey you L Js what are you complaining about
I have to pay over 1000,- $ for my next pair of glasses
here in Denmark
and thats not with any fancy designer behind the spectacle frame

but it´s funny if I want a pair of sunglasses with them allso with bifocals
I only have to pay 100,-$ more


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Jim Bertelson

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#15 posted 05-15-2010 01:17 AM

Hmmmmmmmm….......eye glasses. I have three.
All are expensive blended trifocals.

Lets say this at the outset… are now in the sphere of influence of a sufferer of OCD…......and this dissertation will most certainly verify my standing as… outstanding example of the malady…..........(-:

................MY GLASSES:

Office Glasses: the main part is set for computer and general vision, a close up section at the bottom, and a long range part at the top.

Normal Glasses: for driving and long range vision.

And a duplicate of the Normal Glasses in Sun Glasses.

The office glasses get the most use, including in the shop. All quite expensive, coated, three layer sandwich to make them especially light in weight. My eyes are my life, in my job as an OB-GYN….....lot of computer work, surgery, etc.

The most expensive blended trifocals will give you a good result. Cheap solutions will not. If you do not like the blended effect, then you have either a cheap solution, or haven’t given them enough time, or you are just one of those unfortunate individuals that cannot tolerate them…........namely the almost nauseating effects such sufferers experience with a moving sidewise glance…....

Re the Lasix......if you are the one out of a hundred that gets a bad result, you will prematurely retire. And when you get to my age, it is useless. Be careful. There is more tech medical garbage out there than you can imagine, mostly designed to make money for the purveyor, the bad results be damned. I never considered it.

Too much risk, for the one thing I had to have, vision, to do my job. Using my glasses, operating with all kinds of assistants, surgeons in their own right, Lasix and all, I have better vision than any of them, even at my advanced age. How do I know? They can’t see what I do, even if I call it to their attention.

It is always about statistics. All medicine is about statistics.

I don’t know where to get the most bang for the buck, there I am useless, I spend big bucks for my glasses. It is for my work.

.......OK, this is really off the wall…................


........first understand this is not a doctor talking, this an LJ.

I have been cleaning glasses for a long time. Under all kinds of circumstances.

First, never try to clean your glasses without removing the gross dirt.

Here is how I do it. My wife when all else fails, gives her glasses to me. My wife considers me the expert…..can there be a better endorsement?

If there is gross contamination, use a liquid (never a solid) hand soap to wash off the crud on the lenses.

I almost never do this. Rinse it very well. Usually a quick back and forth under strong running hot water will take care of everything.

Normally, every day…...........

I put some liquid soap on my fingers, and scrub the nose pieces and the ear pieces. Don’t touch the lenses.

Then run your glasses under hot water, the hotter the better, within the limits of tap water. I put them in the water I shave with, prior to shaving (using a blade), which is as hot as I can get it, and then rinse them further under the running water.

Then I bounce them on a towel, and then dry and polish them with the most lint free and oil free and abrasive free paper I have at my disposal. In my house… is toilet paper… scent….no coarse fibers…....always clean. We use Costco toilet paper….....

I digress….........I know…this may seem pretty silly…....but the devil is always in the details…......

Costco makes a totally reliable product….....I hate plebian scents…....and Costco sells a cheap unscented quality product. With the scents come oils, do not clean your glasses with scented paper of any sort.

Costo toilet paper has no significant abrasiveness. No, I have not run tests, but I have cleaned my glasses a zillion times. I do not tolerate scratches, and I do not like to spend a lot of money on this process.

OK, OK. I know…......talking about toilet paper on LJ’s is a little far afield….....but it is a wood product, nonetheless…..(-:

Just a few days ago, yesterday in fact, I used Kleenex (whatever the brand) tissues, because the toilet paper was oily in the B&B. Yup…....critical issue. But tissues leave lint…....blow it off carefully…......NO SPIT NOW. The type of toilet paper, or tissues, is critical, some times you have to do your own scientific experiments on the fly while traveling…........but clean glasses are essential.

Back from the digression…........

I find only about one or two thicknesses of the toilet paper do a better job…..............

So there you have it…...............

The cheap, OCD solution to clean glasses…..............every day of my life, sometimes more than once a day….... is always about the details….......

Thanks for your indulgence….......(-:

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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